Stanford GSB | Mr. Big Brother
GRE 329, GPA 3.2
Kenan-Flagler | Ms. Nonprofit Admin
GMAT 620, GPA 3.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBB
GMAT 740, GPA 3.95
Wharton | Mr. Swing Big
GRE N/A, GPA 3.1
Kenan-Flagler | Mr. Top Three
GRE 310, GPA 2.7
Kenan-Flagler | Ms. Big Pharma
GRE 318, GPA 3.3
Ross | Mr. NCAA to MBB
GMAT 710, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Mr. Low GPA Product Manager
GMAT 780, GPA 3.1
Kellogg | Mr. 770 Dreamer
GMAT 770, GPA 8.77/10
Tepper | Mr. Tech Strategist
GRE 313, GPA 3.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. JD To MBA
GRE 326, GPA 3.01
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Musician To Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 1.6
Harvard | Mr. Bangladeshi Analyst
GMAT 690, GPA 3.31
MIT Sloan | Mr. Generic Nerd
GMAT 720, GPA 3.72
Darden | Mr. Military Vet
GMAT 680, GPA 3.5
Duke Fuqua | Ms. ELS
GRE 318, GPA 3.8
Wharton | Mr. Investment Banking
GMAT 750, GPA 3.1
MIT Sloan | Mr. International Impact
GRE 326, GPA 3.5
Wharton | Ms. Product Manager
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
Chicago Booth | Mr. Indian O&G EPC
GMAT 730, GPA 3.75
Chicago Booth | Mr. US Army Veteran
GMAT 710, GPA 3.7
Stanford GSB | Mr. Techie Teacher
GMAT 760, GPA 3.80
Ross | Mr. Operational Finance
GMAT 710, taking again, GPA 3
Stanford GSB | Ms. S & H
GMAT 750, GPA 3.47
Columbia | Ms. Cybersecurity
GRE 322, GPA 3.7
Kellogg | Mr. Multinational Strategy
GRE 305, GPA 3.80
Kellogg | Mr. Defense Contractor
GMAT 730, GPA 3.2

Bain & Co. Helps to Overhaul HEC Paris

Those changes may be critical due to another surprising discovery by the Bain team. In Europe,” says Pointeau, “because of the history around how higher education has been designed, there was more focus on undergraduate study.  The MBA came a little bit as a more recent concept. When you talk to recruiters at large European multinationals they are a little bit wrestling with what is the distinctive value that an MBA brings relative to a brilliant undergrad with a few years of work experience. So there is a narrower market for leading MBA programs and some recruiters are wrestling to define the distinctive value proposition.”


The Bain assignment coincides with several other changes at HEC. The School of Management moves into a new modern building in September of this year when it will also launch its revised curriculum and one of two MBA class intakes—the other is in January—occur. The new curriculum focuses on business fundamentals before allowing students to essentially customize the MBA program to their career paths.

The new curriculum includes a new required ethics course that came out of Bain’s outreach to corporations that hire MBAs. “That was a surprise to me,” says Garrette. “I knew there are good reasons to do it, but I was surprised that companies insisted on it and the professors agreed. The idea is to have professors from different departments participate in it so students see a finance professor in a session on ethics to bridge the gap between finance and ethics.”

There also will be five specializations, with set menus of elective courses taught in either English or French: entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, and strategy and leadership in global organizations. The latter specialization is completely new to help students target general management positions in multinationals. And there are also five specialized certificates, including one in luxury marketing, offered through the school and its partnerships with other programs at HEC Paris.


About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.